Hollywood legends Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra, Jean Simmons and Vivian Blain (from the original Broadway cast) are dazzling in this Frank Loesser (How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying) masterpiece, unleashing a "spectacular, song-and-dance show that's loaded with entertainment" (New York Journal-American). Featuring hits like "Luck Be a Lady" and "A Woman in Love," this smash film version of one of Broadway's most popular musicals is guaranteed, rip-roaring "four-starentertainment" (New York Daily News). The slickest big-time New York City gamblers,Sky Masterson (Brando) and Nathan Detroit (Sinatra), can't resist making or taking a bet on anything. So when a pretty missionary (Simmons) sets up shop in the neighborhood, Nathan stakes a grand that Sky can't seduce her. But all bets are off when Sky falls madly in love in this romantic musical spectacular that sets the Big Apple afire with excitement!
The Deluxe Edition of Guys and Dolls
has two documentaries. "The Goldwyn Touch: Guys and Dolls
" (24 min.) looks at the making of the film, including how Marlon Brando played pranks on Frank Sinatra and Sinatra's belief that he himself should have been playing the Sky Masterson role. "From Stage to Screen" (27 min.) compares the movie to the original stage version, discussing how actors Vivian Blaine and Stubby Kaye and choreographer Michael Kidd worked on both. It also goes over the songs that were cut from and added to the film. Interviewees on both documentaries include Kidd, historians, and the families of the crew such as composer Frank Loesser's widow and children. There's also an additional eight minutes of interviews, a photo gallery, and a "Musical Performances" menu that lets you jump straight to six of the songs from the movie (though not "The Oldest Established," which is pictured on the menu). That's more convenient than the main scene-selection menu, which doesn't name any of the songs on the scant 12 chapters the movie is divided into. Oddly, the original DVD had a much more convenient 32 chapters, but the Deluxe Edition has the big advantage of being anamorphically enhanced for widescreen TVs, even if the transfer appears to be the same. Also noteworthy is the 72-page full-color scrapbook that exhibits vintage publicity materials, movie stills, and newspaper articles that you might be able to read if you have a magnifying glass. --David Horiuchi